September 21st 2017 | Cardiff, Glasgow, Belfast, London and Manchester

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About the event

Women into Leadership

Women into Leadership is going virtual! Moving forward, delegates will have the option of attending WiL conferences online. For the full list of upcoming dates, and to reigster, please click here

Now in their eleventh year, the annual Women into Leadership conferences have established themselves as the key events for all those interested in seeing leadership opportunities for women enhanced. Women into Leadership 2021 will examine how female leaders, at any grade, can enhance their skills to become the leader they aspire to be.

This year's conferences will draw on feedback from previous Women into Leadership events, as well as discussions that took place at this years’ planning meeting. The conferences will offer hands-on advice and coaching on how to further develop your career in times of change. You will hear from inspirational women of all grades and levels, within and outside the Civil Service. You’ll discuss together how you can manage the challenges of modern leadership and help ensure the Civil Service doesn’t lose momentum in recognising and rewarding female leaders.

Dates and Locations:

Due to current restrictions around social distancing and the on-going uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, our Edinburgh conference will take place exclusively online. Delegates attending the London, Manchester, Cardiff and Birmingham conferences will have the option of attending online or in-person. 

Upcoming events:

Women into Leadership Edinburgh | 13th May 2021

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Women into Leadership London | 29th September 2021

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Women into Leadership Manchester | 24th November 2021

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Women into Leadership Cardiff | 3rd February 2022

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Women into Leadership Birmingham | 17th March 2022

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Please get in touch with if you have any queries. 

WiL speakers include:

  • Antonia Romeo, Permanent Secretary, Department for International Trade​​
  • Melanie Dawes, Permanent Secretary, DCLG and Civil Service Gender Champion
  • Leslie Evans, Permanent Secretary, Scottish Government
  • Clare Moriarty, Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Bernadette Kelly, Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport
  • Harriet Minter, Journalist, Broadcaster and Founder, Guardian's Women in Leadership section
  • Sarah Albon, Chief Executive, The Insolvency Service
  • Elan Closs Stephens CBE, BBC Board member for Wales & non-executive director, Welsh Government Board 
  • Kathy Barnes, Chief Executive, Defence Business Services, MOD
  • Manon Antoniazzi, Chief Executive and Clerk to the National Assembly for Wales
  • Jazz Bhogal, Deputy Director, Civil Service Workforce Strategy and Inclusion, Cabinet Office
  • Evelyn Collins, Chief Executive, Equality Commission
  • Shaun McNally, Chief Executive, Legal Aid Agency
  • Poli Stuart Lacey, Director of Communications, HMRC
  • Gerri Clement, Deputy Director, Strategy and Partnerships, Defra & Co-chair, Cross Government Social Mobility Network
  • Keela Shackell Smith, Executive Directors Office: Women's Network and Gender at Environment Agency
  • Louise Warde Hunter, Deputy Secretary, Housing, Urban Regeneration and Local Government, Department for Communities, Gender Diversity Champion, NICS & Chair, NICS Women’s Network
  • Grace Ononiwu OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS West Midlands Region
  • Jason Ghaboos, Co-Chair, Home Office Gender Equality Network 
  • Navroza Ladha, Deputy Director, Digital Skills & Inclusion Policy, DCMS
  • Amanda Oates, Executive Director of Workforce, Mersey Care Foundation Trust
  • Claire McColgan MBE, Director of Culture, Liverpool City Council
  • Jacqui Gavin, Inclusion & Cultural Manager, Cabinet Office
  • Carmel McKinney OBE, Chairperson, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

The benefits of attending Women into Leadership include the opportunity to:

  • Examine the barriers currently facing female leaders (and future leaders) in the Civil Service and hear how to overcome them
  • Hear from a diverse range of Senior Civil Servants, as well as inspirational leaders from outside of the Civil Service
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the skills, qualities and attributes needed to be a successful leader
  • Design your own breakout session schedule, based on your own needs and aspirations
  • Learn how to be an effective leader
  • Network with peers and counterparts from across Government who are also contemplating furthering their career in the Civil Service


Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh & Manchester rates:

Public sector rate: 1 place: £295 + VAT | 4 places or more: £250 + VAT
FDA/Keyskills member rate: 1 place: £195 + VAT
Others: 1 place: £695 + VAT

Registrations can be made online here

London rates:

Public sector rate: 1 place: £345 + VAT | 4 places or more: £295 + VAT
FDA/Keyskills member rate: 1 place: £245 + VAT
Others: 1 place: £745 + VAT

Registrations can be made online here

Book with total confidence

In view of the ongoing uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we want you to feel totally confident about booking onto our events.

  • If the Women into Leadership team needs to reschedule the event, your place will automatically transfer to the new date.
  • If the Women into Leadership team is unable to reschedule the event for a time within the next 12 months, you will be entitled to a full refund

Who should attend?

Women into Leadership is aimed at all those who aspire to move into a leadership role or those already in a senior role looking to progress.